The waters off Hancock and Washington County have been very productive for lobster fishermen in the last few years. And when business is good, more people want in.

Here in the Maine Department of Marine Resources’ (DMR) Lobster Management Zone B, though, a strict limited entry system has resulted in a very long waiting list for new commercial lobster licenses. The current limited entry ratio in Zone B is one new license issued for every five licenses retired.

Most of the people on the waiting list already are fishing for a living, but they don’t work for themselves. They’re working as sternmen, second or third hands on someone else’s boat operating under someone else’s license.

DMR Resource Coordinator Sarah Cotnoir told a meeting of the Zone B Management Council last Wednesday that between 2012 and 2014, only two fishermen were issued new licenses off the waiting list in Zone B.

Read the full story at the Mount Desert Islander >>

Read more about Maine lobster >>

Have you listened to this article via the audio player above?

If so, send us your feedback around what we can do to improve this feature or further develop it. If not, check it out and let us know what you think via email or on social media.

A collection of stories from guest authors.

Join the Conversation